The Golden Horse awards got into trouble with Beijing after a Taiwanese director called for the island’s independence in an acceptance speech at last year’s ceremony.
In August, China’s national film board ordered mainland directors and stars to boycott the November 23 event and there are no mainland films in the nomination list.
International brands have routinely found themselves bowing to Beijing’s stance on Taiwan — a much smaller market compared to the lucrative mainland.
A growing list of international firms, including luxury brands, airlines and hotels, have been pressured to apologise to Beijing or changed Taiwan’s classification on their websites to “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” in recent years.
Last week Dior apologised after a staff presentation featured a map of China without Taiwan on it.
The apology sparked criticism from Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu who urged brands to “stand up to the bully”, a reference to Beijing.
On Thursday, US Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech excoriating brands who bow to pressure from Beijing, singling out the NBA and Nike.
The National Basketball Association has been engulfed in controversy since Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey earlier this month tweeted “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”
China, a major market for the NBA, retaliated by ending sponsorships and cancelling broadcasts of pre-season games held in the country, leading the NBA to drop all media events of the tour. Nike pulled Houston Rockets merchandise from its stores in China.